The 6 news of the week: Monaco back in the race for the playoffs, Sylvain Francisco summoned to the Blues
Didn’t follow the daily news of the French and international basket this week? Do not panic, the drafting of Basket Europe you summarize the essentials of what should not be missed from January 15 to 21.
Euroleague: Monaco offers ASVEL and Zenit
The Roca Team is living a dream period. Tuesday evening, Monaco took a nice revenge on ASVEL by inflicting a slap on the Villeurbannais. Forty-eight hours later, the Principality team obtained their fourth consecutive Euroleague victory on the floor of Zenit Saint-Petersburg. A success that marks the temporary return of Mike James’ teammates to the top 8. Conversely, ASVEL left the top 10 and lost William Howard to injury. And his assistant manager Alain Cloux announces his departure from the club at the end of the season for a return to Limoges. In the rest of the matches, Real Madrid and its French took off at the top of the competition thanks to their new victory in Berlin.
France team: Sylvain Francisco, Axel Toupane and Mathias Lessort summoned to a group of 13 players
Thirteen players and three training partners were called up by Vincent Collet for the gathering of the French team in February, in Dijon, as part of the qualifications for the 2023 World Cup. Note the returns of Mathias Lessort and d ‘Axel Toupane and the arrival of Sylvain Francisco, very prominent in Spain. Conversely, Andrew Albicy and Alex Chassang are not selected.
Betclic Elite: more gauges in rooms from February 2
Prime Minister Jean Castex announces Thursday evening the end of gauges in theaters from Wednesday February 2. Good news for fans and the club economy. On the other hand, basketball players from abroad must always be vaccinated to play in France. On the pitch side, Paris gave itself some fresh air last weekend by beating the leader Boulogne-Levallois for the debut of Axel Toupane while ASVEL prevailed in a contentious action at Le Mans. On the transfer side, note the arrival of leader Dustin Ware at Champagne Basket and the departure of DJ Strawberry from Orléans.
Eurocup: 100% victories for French clubs, Bourg revives at the buzzer
Defeated by Venice in the first leg at Ekinox, JL Bourg took their revenge against the Italians, thanks to the buzzer of their American CJ Harris, despite being threatened with a departure. What perk up the men of Laurent Legname, in difficulty in Betclic Elite. Boulogne-Levallois picked up their first success of 2022 against Turk Telekom. In BCL, Dijon can qualify for the top 16 this Friday evening against Riga while the double title holder San Pablo Burgos – who has just welcomed ex-Strasbourger Jarell Eddie – was eliminated by Darussafaka.
Women: away victories for Basket Landes and Lattes-Montpellier in the Euroleague, Iliana Rupert on fire!
The two French teams emerged victorious from their Euroleague evening on Wednesday, spent abroad. Faced with the red lantern of his hen, Arka Gdynia, Basket Landes went to win in Poland. The most beautiful surprise came from Latvia where the BLMA is made from the kindling of the TTT Riga. In Eurocup, returned from the Czech Republic with a 30-point lead, Tango Bourges finished the job on their floor thanks to a victory of 39 points. The star of the encounter: Iliana Rupert, author of a rare performance of 42 evaluation… in 25 minutes! The round of 16 return of ASVEL – which separated from Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe – and Charleville-Mézières have been postponed (case of Covid).
All Betclic Elite player salaries at your fingertips
You have become accustomed to it for several seasons, the writing of Basket Europe publishes its now traditional dossier on Betclic Elite salaries, for an imminent launch. We will explain its methodology to you. For a month, we reveal these salaries to you, team by team, before a more global analysis. We have already revealed the strategies of Boulogne-Levallois and Bourg-en-Bresse. To be continued this weekend: Champagne Basket and Cholet.
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Photo: Mike James (Euroleague)